Recreation Programs

The Parks and Recreation Division offers after school recreation programs for elementary school aged children. These programs provide planned, organized and supervised activities designed to meet the recreational needs of children that attend.  On any given day, you may find children participating in homework assistance, outdoor and indoor physical play, playing board games and creating arts ‘n crafts. Programs and activities that are offered include:  Pee Wee Cheerleading, Pee Wee, Youth and Teen Sports, field trips, and various special events.

The following sites are available with after school programming:

Arceo Park
(Summer 5 week program only)
3125 N. Tyler Ave.(626)579-1642
Baldwin Mini Park3750 Baldwin Ave.
Cogswell School
(CDBG Program)
11050 Fineview St.
Gibson Mariposa Park4140 Gibson Rd.(626)448-8448
Lambert Park11431 McGirk Ave.(626)448-8761
Mt. View Park12127 Elliott Ave.(626)575-2418
Payne School2850 Mountain View Rd.
Zamora Park3820 Penn Mar Ave.(626)575-3094

Junior Recreation Leader Volunteer Program

The El Monte Parks and Recreation Division offers a mentorship and leadership program for El Monte teens grades 7th-12th who are interested in enhancing life and work skills, and gaining hands-on training. The emphasis is on leadership development, teamwork, professionalism and building self-confidence. Teens gain exposure to leadership development topics such as: goal setting, communication, and decision-making. Junior Recreation Leaders have the opportunity to work side by side with recreation staff in our recreation programs and events. Participants will have the opportunity to become involved in their community and make a difference while earning community service credit. Teens will also participate in fun interactive activities throughout the year. Participants will be required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per month including the monthly meeting held every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Program participants fundraise throughout the year to cover trips and program expenses. Program runs from September - August. For more information, please contact Veronica Meza at (626) 580-2200.

Jr. Recreation Leader Volunteer Program Interest Form

Jr. Recreation Leaders standing by their charity booth

Pee Wee Cheerleading Program

This program is designed to teach basic cheerleading skills, stunts and techniques for girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades from Gibson Mariposa Park, Lambert Park, Mt. View Park and Zamora Park.  Most importantly, it is a valuable experience that helps young girls develop self-confidence, self-esteem and discipline.  The program helps create wonderful memories for these young and impressionable children.  The girls have a terrific time as they develop friendships and are involved in community events. These events include Youth & Teen Sports games and tournaments, participate in the Annual Emily Ishigaki Children’s Day Parade, Holiday House, cheer clinics, slumber parties, field trips, perform at city wide events, and compete in the Annual Pee Wee Cheerleaders’ Jamboree.  Parents assist in fundraisers, spaghetti dinner and cheer boutique during Holiday House, picture day, and various other activities.  Registration begins in September at your local park. The program runs September-May.  For more information, please contact Veronica Meza at (626) 580-2200.

Jamboree Flyer

Group of Pee Wee Cheerleaders cheering at the annual Jamboree event

Summer Food Program 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites. This program is designated to service children, ages 18 and younger at various park sites all throughout the City of El Monte.
On average, 18,700 lunch meals are served during June and July, each year. This program is funded completely by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE). For more information, please call the City of El Monte, Community and Senior Services Division at (626) 580-2210.

Park leader handing out a meal to a child during the Summer Food Program